Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids – including pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as the social and economic well-being of millions. The Opioid Crisis is arguably one of the most dramatic, complicated and frightening crisis facing our country today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. But how did it start? How did we get here? What are we, as a nation, going to do to help those millions of people addicted? Check out this video for a preview of all we’ll cover in our latest podcast about the opioid crisis.